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VOL. XL, NO. 8
In the latter part of May at a meet
ing between the two organizations, an
.. agreement was reached whereby the
jraise would become effective on June
-1st if the OPA’s ruling waanet hand-
fciA v ed down by that date.
nespeaee la ‘a-'^F’per cent price
"increase asked by the manufacturers
to meet the wage boost, OPA after a
survey of production costs and profit
margains in the industry set the 7
per cent figure which brings manu
facturers’ prices to 12.35 per cent
above October, 1941, levels. The last
increase, a straight 5 per cent, was
granted by the OPA in May, 1942.
Prices have been frozen since under
the stabilization program.
Armstrong Again
Chosen To Head
Local Union 124
Local Union 124 elected officers to
head the organization for the next six
months at their meeting Tuesday eve
ning. The results are as follows:
President, Clair Armstrong vice
president, Margaret Curley recording
secretary, Norman Whippier finan
cial secretary, Harold Williams
treasurer, Carlos Sayre guard, Grover
Jackman inspector, Myrtle Hutchin
son statistician, Henry Cresswell.
Matters to come before the special
conference of decal girls and liners
to be held this week at headquarters,
were thoroughly discussed with many
taking the floor to express their views
on problems regarding their respec
tive trades. We feel much good will
come from this conference and urge
every member to be present at our
next meeting when a full report of
the proceedings will be made.
Harold Williams and Howard Moore
1 were chosen to represent the local at
the Ohio State Federation of Labor
convention which opens in Cleveland
on July 29.
Our sympathies are extended the
family of Sister Ruby McDonough,
who died recently.—O. C. 124.
The general, non-union public some
times thinks that some wbrkers like
to strike but no one really strikes
for fun, Edward Wahl, well-known
writer on labor subjects, declares in
ean interesting article in the July issue
of THIS MONTH magazine just out.
Describing in detail exactly what
transpires on the picket line from his
personal observation, author Wahl
“No one likes the smell of tear gas.
The sound of club on skull is a pecu
liar and hollow one. A man dragged
by an auto doesn’t yell, he screams.
And whea it gets really rough, well,
horses don’t like to step on you but
sometimes they’re forced to.”
In part, the article reads as follows:
“Only a damn fool will try to race
through a picket line at thirty miles
an hour. He invariably loses his nerve

brotherhood of
v calling for an 18^-cent wage increase'
for employees of the industry, pend
ing approval of the Wage Stabilize
tion Board and OPA granting the
manufacturers an increase in the sell
ing price of their product, to compen
sate for the wage raise.
On May 8th, the first barrier was
cleared in processing the agreement
to become a reality. The Wage Stab
ilization Board gave their approval
for the 18X,.-cent hourly raise for em
ployees of the industry and the case
was then referred to the OPA for
their ruling on a increase in the
selling price for the manufacturers.
While the case was pending in the
hands of the OPA for the “all clear”
sign for the raise to become effective,
much unfest was created throughout
the trade and Brotherhood officials
were put to no ends length, quelch
ing the various rumors and restoring
harmony within the ranks, hoping
from day to day for a ruling from
the OPA.
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Manufacturers Get
Per Cent Price
Increase For Ware
Following closely on the heels of the 18i/-cent wage increase
for employees of the pottery industry which became effective on
June 1, members of the United States Potters Association were
informed by governmental authorities last week that the Office
of Price Administration had approved a 7 per cent increase in the
selling price of ware.
This brings to a close prolonged negotiations which began at
the wage conference in Atlantic City in March, at which time an
agreement was reached between the National Brotherhood of
Operative Potters and the United States Potters Association,
Wage Boost
Granted In
New Contract
Therapy Treatments
For Canadian Potters
St. Johns, Que.—The new negotia
ting committee of Local 78, St. Johns,
Quebec headed by Chairman Eugene
Dulude, in addition to Alphonse Le
Blanc George MacDonald Ben
Greendale Joseph Hemmings and Do
nat Genier, and assisted by Vice Presi
dent Wheatley, finished negotiating a
new contract with the Canadian Pot
teries Company, Ltd., represented by
Mr. Arthur Burgner.
The negotiations which began on
June 11th and finished on the 13th,
resulted in a general increase in wages
amounting to 12% if figured straight
across the payroll. The management
and the Union, because of existing in
equalities between the piece workers
and the hourly wage workers, agreed
to graduate the application of the.
Wage increases which were to be ap
plied in ranges from 5% to as high
as 33%. There is no 18 -cents pfer
hour wage pattern as yet in Canada,
and the War Labor Board must ap
prove all wage increases the same as
was practiced during the War. The
new wage increases will mean the em
ployees of the Canadian Potteries
Company, Ltd. will earn higher wages
than any workers in the St. Johns
area, and are on a par or better than
rates earned anywhere in the Prov
ince of Quebec. The relationship be
tween the management and the Union
is on a par with the relationship
which exists between management and
the Brotherhood in the plants through
out the United States.
The new contract provides for a con
tinuation of the Union Shop clause
two weeks vacation pay and the many
other advantages that have been at
tained in the recent years of bargain
ing with the management.
Mr. Burgner announced to V. P.
Wheatley and the Local Committee
that the Aluminum Therapy Treat
ment for silicosis has been approved
by the Crane Company for its Cana
dian plant, and used the name of the
Brotherhood of Operative Potters as
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Artware Workers
Name New Officers
Sebring, Ohio—The following offi
cers were elected to serve Local Union
178, artware workers, for the ensuing
term: President, Leslie Hawk vice
president, Harold Agnew recording
secretary, John Dorff treasurer, Ev
elyn Hendershot defense secretary,
James Simpson financial secretary,
George Court inspector, Dan Floor
guard, Alice Reedy trustee, Don Wat
kins. O. C. 178.
when a striker leaps firmly in front
of the car. Visions of a trial for mur
der are too much for the scab down
goes his foot on the brake pedal. Be
fore he knows it, dozens of hands are
pushing his car back ... or over. He
doesn’t get through.
“A more experienced strikebreaker
halts about ten yards from the picket
line. He throws the gear into first and
moves slowly first gear is the most
powerful. He knows to, that if he
knocks anyone down he won’t be faced
with a manslaughter charge or worse.
Consequently he keeps his nerve. If
one or two are banged up or dragged,
he shrugs. “They asked for it,” he’ll
tell you.
“And they have asked for it. From
the security of their benches and the
comradeship of the factory, they’ve
gone out to walk aimlessly in a cold
Local 51 Sending
Four Delegates
To Atlantic City -1
Canonsburg, Pa. Nomination of
officers for the coming term were
opened at our last meeting. The elec
tion will be held at our next meeting
on June 24 and members should make
it their business to be on hand and
voice their choice with the ballot.
The following have been chosen to
represent Local 51 at the convention:
Roy Patton, warehouseman John
Mamrack, packer Cliff Rawlings,
kilnfireman William Donkin, caster.
This will be Bro. Patton’s first ap
pearance as a delegate. He has been
very active in the affairs of the local
and has served on numerous com
The health program for the shops
here in Canonsburg seems to be bog
ging down. Efforts are now,under
way for a meeting with the manufac
turers in an effort to have the Mobile
Unit here in the near future.
The by-laws committee composed
of Brothers John Mamrack, chair
man Roy Patton, Charles Atkinson,
Cliff Rawlings and Clarence Meione
have completed revision of the pres
ent laws and introduced them at the
last meeting for the first reading.
They will be up for two more read
ings before adoption.
During the past two weeks, two of
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picket line. Somewhere, the general
Aon-union public has acquired the idea
that workers like to strike. Brother,
they hate it. They hate every tense
second of it. Why? Let’s go out with
a newly struck factory and see.
“We’ve just walked out that is,
most of us have. We’ve been working
in a large assembly plant that makes
dials and meters for commercial use.
Our working hours have been cut from
48 to 40. Including overtime pay at
time and one-half, we have actually
suffered a loss of 12 pay hours. That’s
a big cut.
“We don’t know yet exactly what
we’ll demand it will probably be five
to ten dollars more a week and added
job security. But that isn’t the imme
diate reason
street now
watching us
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the local is cooling off
summer months. As this
anniversary year, the cal
had quite a few events,
during the
is our 45th
endar has
namely, the farewell party for Mr.
and Mrs. James Green in January
the Potters’
Armory in
Party at the
Ball held at the U. S.
March, and the Polka
Slovak hall in May.
committee is now for-
The social
mutating plans for the local picnic to
be held in the near future. This will
be followed by our Victory Ball hon
oring returned servicemen to be held
in the fall.
we’re milling in the
company guards
behind the gate.
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Trade Topics
Officers Elected
For Ensuing Term
Activities among the finishing trade
were thoroughly discussed at a meet
ing of Local Union 53 on June 13th.
Plans were formulated to meet the is
sues at hand as well as those (which
we heard via the grapevine) are in
the making. Never in the opinion of
your O. C. is there a more urgent
need for a full representation of our
membership at every meeting than at
the present time. Conditions in the
trade are somewhat like the weather,
they seem to change from day to day,
and if we are not prepared to meet
these new issues when they are in
troduced and handle them in the prop
er manner, then irregularities creep
into the trade and in the course of
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Labor Views On
Case Bill Veto
Washington (FP)—The following
labor comments on Pres. Truman’s
veto of the Chse bill and the House
action upholding the veto were issued
June 11.
Pres. William Green, AFL:
“The President’s veto of the Case
bill reflects a high standard of states
manship and courage. A careful read
ing of his painstakingly prepared mes
sage makes it clear that he was in
fluenced by a determination to serve
the best interests of all the people
of the nation.
“Time will uphold the soundness of
his judgment and vindicate the wis
dom of his action. I am confident that
the President’s veto will meet with
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No One Strikes For Fun, Author Declares In Magazine Article
The corporation has fired our union
president. They want a fight and we
have to give it to them. Most of us
anyway about five per cent are hang
ing out of the factory windows, watch
ing us. Later on they’ll jeer but right
now it’s fairly quiet. They are the
“loyal” workers. ,4'
“We walk down the street in large
groups until we reach the union office.
Everything is in confusion. The mim
eograph machine is creaking anxious
ly the president, surrounded by crit
ics and friends, is explaining the de
tails of the day for the twentieth
time the office girl is frantically try
ing to locate Mr. Harmody at the
national office.
“Finally a list of demands is agreed
upon by the committee, and the offi
cers open a meeting for discussion and
pep talks. We’re critical of the de-
Duffy Visitor At
Last Meeting Of
Local Union 99
Clarksburg, W. Va.—The members
of Local Union 99 wasted little time
in transacting routine business mat
ters at their meeting Monday evening
in order that ample time would be af
forded our national president, James
M. Duffy, who was a welcomed visi
tor at the session.
President Duffy gave us a very in
teresting and educational talk on the
importance of cooperation and the
benefits to be gained if we function
in the spirit of a true labor organiza
tion. He stressed the importance of
every member securing a copy of the
constitution and by-laws of the or
ganization and to study them care
fully, pointing out the proper pro
cedure to settle the various problems
that arise from time to time, can
easily be settled if we adhere to the
policies adopted by the Brotherhood.
Mention was also made as to the
proper manner in handling difficulties
at our local meetings when members
become unruly. A study of the book
of Roberts’ rules was recommended
to curb this practice.
Vice Presidents Chadwick and
Slaven recently dropped in on us un
expectedly and enlightened us on sev
eral questions. We take this oppor
tunity to thank these officials for
their visit and want them to know
the welcome sign is always out for
them or any other official who hap*
pens to be in our neighborhood.
Bros. Forest Sargent, Augustine
Mazzie and Dave Bevan were elected
to represent the local rat the conven
tion in Atlantic City. I”
Due to a change in vacation plans
a special meeting was held June 17,
to elect officers for the coming term.
The vacation for the clayshop will
on June 24 and continue until
8th. The rest of the shop will
one week beginning July 1st.
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mands at first. Some hothead wants
to ask for a fifty per cent raise an
other, quickly marked as a company
stooge, makes an effort to break mor
ale, either by suggesting the strike
is already lost or by initiating a ru
mor that the company brought in tear
gas or machine guns. After much de
bate a majority agrees to a set of re
“Picket squads are formed, ten
so men with a captain. Cards are
sued as fast as they can be made
to keep a check on picket duty and
entitle the bearer to strike benefits.
Someone sings SOLIDARITY FOR
EVER but the tune is drowned out
by a more popular ballad.
“Next day at 6:30 the picket line
begins. The oncoming shift isn’t due
until eight but lines must be organ
ized and instructions given. We’re at
Work On New
Kiln Delayed
At Buffalo
Three-Week Shutdown
Of Plant In October
Buffalo, & Y.—Owing to circum
stances beyond control, construction
of the new kiln at the Buffalo Pottery
will not be started until approximate
ly the middle of July. This will bring
our plant shutdown about October 1st.
Since this is rather late for a summer
vacation, the management will grant
the eligible employees the privilege
of taking their vacations before the
shutdown if they so desire. Employees
are urged to contact their department
al heads before making any reserva
tions in order that too many from any
one department will not be off work
at the same time, thereby crippling
production. Bear in mind there will
be a shutdown of at least three weeks
during the changeover period in Oc
The matter of starting a cafeteria
has been brought to your O. C.’s at
tention and in my humble way I will
try and give you the details. If
enough persons are interested, per
haps we can make this a reality. The
food would be brought to you each
day by the Cease Cafeteria Co. who
specialize in delivering cooked foods,
ready to eat, when delivered. Under
this plan it would not be necessary
for the firm to install expensive equip
ment, and would enable them to as
sure you good meals at cost. Next
we need a place where the food can
be served and it should have the prop
er atmosphere so you can enjoy your
meal. This should also be a recreation
center. Last but not least, is your
opinion of the proposed setup. Talk it
over in the shop with your bench
mates and inform the editor of the
“Pottery Post” of your opinion who
will publish it in the weekly paper
circulated throughout the shop.
“Whitey” Weiczorek, mouldmaker,
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Umber ger, President
Of Local Union 177
Robinson, Ill.—Local Union 177 met
in regular session in June 6 and elect
ed officers for the ensuing term:
President, Floyd Umbarger vice
president, Kenneth Brown recording
secretary, Pliffer Egbert financial
secretary, Noble Waldrop treasurer,
Charles Osborne defense secretary,
Stoy Garrard guard, David Knoblett
trustee, Ralph Pfiffer.
The new shop committee is com
posed of Kenneth Brown, Omar Wood
ard and Orville Miller. O. C. 177.
the main gate with about a hundred
others. Miraculously the signs are
ready. One of the veterans shoulders
a big American flag.
“The block-square factory is already
ringed by a dozen lines. Because most
trouble is expected where we are, our
group moves in a large circle so that
there are always two lines in front
of the gate. If we stop moving we’ll
be arrested for loitering, so we strag
gle around in the dull morning. Coffee
appears, in little cardboard contain
ers. It tastes of paper but the warmth
feels good. A pint of rye is removed
from a striker’s pocket, tagged and
put in the office safe. We’re set.
Now the cops arrive. There’s at
least thirty of them. They are young,
which is to the good, for they’ll be
more inclined to sympathize with us.
But we also notice they’re nervous.
House Narrowly
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Case Bill Veto
Washington (FP)—The Case labor-shackling bill wfeht into
the discard June 11 as Pres. Truman vetoed the measure and the
House barely sustained the veto. The count was 255-135 to over
ride, just short of the necessary two-thirds.
The outcome was in doubt until the end of the voting, and
when it was announced mixed applause and boos filled the House
chamber, which had been tense and quiet. A change of five nay
votes to aye would have upset the result.
Pres. Truman’s lengthy veto message objected to the Case
bill principally on the score of “whether it will help to stop strikes
-----------------------------------------------------•and work stoppages and prevent other
practices which adversely affect our
economy. I am convinced that it will
“I trust”, the President said, “there
will be no confusion in the minds of
the members of the Congress or in
the minds of the public between this
bill and my request on May 25 for
emergency legislation.” He said that
legislation applied only to strikes
against the government and asked
again it be passed.
The sections of the Case bill deal
ing with welfare funds, so-called rack
eteering, organization of supervisors,
union liability in the courts, and boy
cotts, the message said “are a few of
the many complex problems which
must be studied with infinite care be
fore the proper solutions are found
and incorporated into permanent leg
Of the fact-finding provision, the
President said “it is difficult to under
stand why the Congress has applied it
to public utilities but has omitted it
entirely in other industries of equal_
Although saying private employers
should not be given again the injunc
tion weapon against unions, he said:
“Injunctions requested by the govern
ment itself, and designed to restrain
strikes against the government in
cases where refusal to work for the
government has produced a condition
of national emergency, are, to my
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Party Held By
Local Union 205
After Meeting
Tiffin, Ohio.—At our last meeting
in May, Local Union 205 elected of
ficers for the new term. It was very
gratifying to see the fine turnout
which tripled the attendance of any
previous meeting. Those elected are
as follows: President, Ralph Bender,
Jr. vice president, Robert Pearce
financial secretary, Rose Bernard re
cording secretary, William W. Tate
guard, Bess Shouder inspector, Ralph
Brown, Jr.
President Bender appointed John
Weber and Lester Eastman on the
shop committee. The latter was
named chairman. Others will be ap
pointed as needed.
We wish to thank President Duffy
and Vice President Turner and the
special committee composed of Ralph
Bender, Jr., Robert Pearce, Frank
Kovaskitz and William Gardner for
their splendid work in securing our
wage increase. We also include a pat
on the back for Mr. Ross Stoffer,
president of “the company for his very
cooperative manner in dealing with,
our representatives.
Following the meeting the enter
tainment committee took over and as
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The town hadn’t had much industry
before the war. This may be the first
strike detail for the cops. If it is,
we’re in for trouble.
“Nervous police are the worst ene
mies a striker can meet. By the way
they hold their sticks and reach for
their gun holsters, we can tell they’re
scared. Experienced cops use their
clubs scientifically, aiming for the
shoulder. A blow like that is paralyz
ing but doesn’t do any harm. There
is no guessing what rookies may do.
“The first car draws up but is
forced to pull to a stop with the strik
ers blocking the path. There is nq
guessing what rookies may do.
“The first car draws up but id
forced to pull to a stop with the strik
ers blocking the path. There is no
violence. Just: “Better not try to go
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